What we offer at Talk Cancer

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Talk Cancer is a Cancer Research UK training programme created by nurses to help you feel confident talking to people about ways to reduce the risk of cancer, spotting cancer early and screening. Taking  part in Talk Cancer will help you:
  • understand the key messages around cancer awareness
  • improve your confidence and ‘know how’ to make the most of your conversations about cancer and health
  • encourage people to make healthy changes, use local services and see their doctor with any concerns
There are various training options available to suit different needs, and we have a bursary scheme to offer free workshops to eligible groups. Check your groups’ eligibility below. 

*Talk Cancer face-to-face workshops are currently postponed until further notice for the health and safety of the public, our staff and volunteers. You can still apply for a funded workshop which will be scheduled when possible. 

Check eligibility for a free a workshop

Talk Cancer workshops are hands-on, lively and practical training sessions, led by expert trainers with years of experience talking to the public. Trainees often tell us they’re surprised by how positive the workshops are, and how inspired they feel when they realise the difference they can make. Our workshop content is always backed up by the latest evidence around cancer prevention, early diagnosis and screening.

What workshops are available?

Talk Cancer

3 hours 10-20 people
  • Cancer facts and myths
  • Reducing risk with healthy changes
  • Importance of early diagnosis
  • National cancer screening programmes
  • Tackling barriers, fear and fatalism

 3-hour workshop learning outcomes
 Full-day workshop learning outcomes

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Full day 

Talk Cancer: Pharmacy

90 minute 10-50 people Talk Cancer, tailored for pharmacy staff, plus:
  • Optimising cancer awareness in the pharmacy setting

   90-minute workshop learning outcomes

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Talk Cancer: Train the Presenter

Full day  10-16 people Concise version of Talk Cancer, plus:
  • Delivering a scripted cancer awareness presentation
  • Managing audience questions and discussion

 Train the Presenter workshop learning outcomes

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See a detailed side-by-side comparison of full learning outcomes for each workshop


Who is it for?

Anyone who can promote health and wellbeing as part of their role, including but not limited to those working in the following areas, at all levels:

Pharmacy Nursing GP practices
Occupational work Mental health Housing
Social care Social work Public health
Hospitals Radiology Community outreach
Sexual health Community health Community volunteering
Physiotherapy Dentistry Occupational therapy


What do our trainees think?

“I think when we were first told about the cancer training I thought "oh god, it's all going to be morbid and boring", but it was good fun to do and it was upbeat and made us aware that people are surviving more. That's why I would recommend people to go on it - it's changed my view from a negative outlook to a positive one." 

Talk Cancer - Cancer Awareness Training


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We’re currently offering live online workshops. Our trainers will host the interactive session, suitable for anyone wanting to build their confidence and skills to have supportive conversations with others about reducing their risk of cancer, the importance of spotting cancer early and making healthy changes. These conversations have the power to save lives. 

There are two ways to take part:

1. Group workshop

A two hour live online workshop for your group of up to 40 people. You can commission a workshop for your group at a cost of £300, or apply for a bursary funded one.Use our simple eligibility check for a funded live online workshop.

We can also offer group workshops tailored for community pharmacy teams.

2. Individual sign-up workshop

You can take part in a Talk Cancer live online workshop as an individual, for free.

    These workshops are open for anyone to join. Register below for our next scheduled online workshop.

    Talk Cancer individual sign-up workshop: Thurs 27th January 2022 10:30am - 12.30pm

    Register to join now*

    *Places for each session are limited, but more online workshop dates will be added based on demand.

    Can’t make this time? Don’t worry - you can join the register of interest for any future online workshops and we’ll be in touch as they are scheduled.

    It’s free to take part in an individual sign-up workshop, as we’d like to encourage as many people as possible to have supportive conversations about cancer and health. However, we are providing the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to Cancer Research UK. Your donations will help us to continue beating cancer and ensure people affected by cancer get the support they need during these uncertain times. You can donate now on the link below, or there will also be an opportunity to donate in the registration form and at the end of the workshop.

    Donate now

    How do the live online workshops work and what do they cover?

    The workshop will be 2 hours long. In that time, we'll cover basic knowledge and conversational skills around:

    • Cancer facts and myths
    • Reducing cancer risk by taking action to make healthy changes
    • Importance of early diagnosis and speaking to the GP about any unusual changes
    • National cancer screening programmes
    • Tackling barriers, fear and fatalism
    • Attendees and trainers Q&A

    This workshop does not cover diagnosing possible signs or symptoms of cancer or how to support someone affected by cancer. If you or someone close to you has been affected by cancer and you’ve got questions, you can call our nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040 or from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

    We want to help as many people as possible to feel confident talking about cancer and health no matter where they are. Our free online course, Talking About Cancer: Reducing Risk, Early Detection and Mythbusting, is based on the principles of our face-to-face workshops, and takes a more basic, universal approach to the essentials of the topic. 

    What's the format?

    You'll learn through videos, quizzes, articles, exercises, interactive discussion, and clips of role-played scenarios demonstrating conversational dos and don’ts.

    Who is it for? 

    Anyone with an interest in talking about cancer, whether in a personal or professional context.

    How does it work? 

    • You can join the course anytime you like, and do it at your own pace.
    • You'll have access to the course for 5 weeks after you start.
    • It takes around 3 hours, and works on mobile, tablet or desktop.
    • It's hosted by social learning platform FutureLearn.
    • The course is free of charge. You'll be given the option to 'upgrade' for a certificate valid for CPD and permanent access to the course for £42, but there's no obligation to purchase.


    What do learners think?

    97% of online learners feel confident to discuss things that can reduce the risk of cancer after the course.
    “A course like this – that encourages people to be open about health issues and points the way to reliable resources – can save lives.” 

    We’re now on twitter.

    Join the conversation and follow @TalkCancer_CRUK for news, updates and opinion.


    Contact the Talk Cancer team

    Got questions? Chat to a member of the team.

    020 3469 8111  


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